F1 » d’Ambrosio, van der Garde working in stealth mode

The race for the two remaining F1 race seats for 2012 remains as crowded as ever, with as many as eight drivers still being considered as contenders.

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JJJ - Unregistered

January 11, 2012 10:26 PM

It's a bit of a shame that innovations like this new suspension system apparently always become known to the other teams when the innovator asks the FIA if it's legal. It would be a lot more fun if all the teams showed up to the first race totally unaware that one amongst them had struck gold and some of the big teams missed the boat.

There's still a little bit of that now of course, but generally speaking the current situation ensures that the big budget teams will always be at the front. Just throw money at it long enough and you'll get there. Maybe it's better for the competition in the races (not 2 cars running away at the front) but it also discourages (small) teams to take big risks with a radical innovation and have at least a fighting chance of big rewards (ok it worked for Brawn in the end...just...but it should happen more often in F1).

Josh - Unregistered

January 12, 2012 5:32 AM

I for one would like to see all of the top teams get their systems working, and then have a fight to see who can make the most out of it. Who wants to see a repeat of 2009 when a team turns up with a technical innovation, blows everyone away and effectively secures both titles in the first quarter of the year?

Josh - Unregistered

January 12, 2012 6:07 AM

"Just throw money at it long enough and you'll get there."

Not necessarily true. Look at the budgets that Honda and Toyota used to have. In some years they'd dwarf the spendings of the traditional front-running teams. Having lots of money is good, but it's worthless unless you have good talent to spend it on.

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